By AKOMA CHINWEOKE
DIRERCTOR general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Ade Dosunmu, has restated the agencyâ€™s commitment for inter-agency collaboration to ensure effective implementation of government policies in the Nigerian maritime sector.
Dosunmu who made the declaration during the visit to NIMASA by members of the committee set up by the chief of defence staff, led by Air Vice Marshal Alex Barde, to look into areas of possible collaboration between the Presidential Committee on Maritime Safety, PICOMMS, and other stakeholders in the nationâ€™s maritime domain, said the agency was collaborating with PICOMMS to secure the maritime domain and ensure effective implementation of international conventions which the country has domesticated.
He noted that security in the Lagos waters has improved due largely to the activities of the Maritime Guard Command, in collaboration with the Naval base in Lagos, stating that the collaboration was expected to spread to the other zones under the auspices of the MoU between the Agency and the Nigerian Navy.
The committee chairman, Air Vice Marshal Barde said that PICOMMS has 11 coastal radars and other security equipment which according to him were national assets adding that there is the need for more synergy amongst government agencies to ensure effective use. He also informed officials of NIMASA that the chief of defence staff, Air Marshal Paul Dike was desirous of ensuring that the Armed Forces partner with PICOMMS and other relevant government agencies to make effective use of these equipment.